Cincinnati Area Staycation Ideas

If you’re getting stir crazy spending time at home, there are still ways to make it FEEL like you’re traveling and exploring a new destination without going too far!

Depending on budget, there’s several great options in the N. Kentucky / Cincinnati area. My first suggestion is to get a hotel! This is the easiest way to make it feel like you’re away from home and your usual routine.

These Cincinnati area hotels are perfect for a date night, or a weekend getaway for your staycation:

Treat Yourself:

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Elegant lobby area of Hotel Covington
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Neon Lights Studio Room at the Pickle Factory
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The beautiful lobby at Lytle Park
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The rooftop view at Lytle Park Hotel

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  • The Swing HouseA fun and unique lodging idea, this art installation slash rental property is also open for free public tours, every second Saturday from 12-4 pm.
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  • Elk Creek Winery – About one hour outside of the city, this could make a great day trip option or serve as a getaway for a long weekend.
  • Carriage HouseA rental set in, you guessed it- an old carriage house from the late 1800’s, this is located in the heart of Covington, Kentucky. It is within walking distance to downtown Cincinnati and many other fun activities.
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  • House Boat  – If you really want something different, try staying on a houseboat for a night or two! Located in the Manhattan Marina near the “Newport on the Levee” complex, you’re still close to all the action.
  • Hopewell Croft Cabin – About 1.5 hours outside of the city is this rural getaway. Stay here and enjoy true quiet and isolation! It’s also nearby to several Amish shops and stores, and has plenty to do if you want to reconnect with nature.
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Get “away from it all” in Adam’s County
  • Urban Farm CampingStay in a vintage camper from the 1970’s, and still be within walking distance to the popular Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Get an outdoorsy experience, yet still be close to the city!

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Things to Do in the Downtown Area:

  • Rent a swimming pool (includes heated pools and hot tubs) by the hour with Swimply! This is a great idea for big groups. You can find pools during all seasons too. Click my Swimply referral link for $50 off your first rental!

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    Our Cincinnati pool rental!
  • Visit one of the many lakes with beaches within an hour radius of the city if you’re looking to cool off!
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East Fork Lake – I go here all the time!
  • Get in touch with nature on a hike! Head north to Hocking Hills, or south to Red River Gorge. Both have some epic scenery and hiking. Locally, check out Bender Mountain Trail or Mount Airy Forest area
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  • Do one of the many fun and historical tours led by American Legacy Tours . “Queen City Underground” is a personal favorite where you can explore tunnels beneath the city. You can also check out fun ghost themed tours too!
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Underground tunnels you can explore on the tours!
Like scary stuff? Check out these haunted places in the area!

Head out of the Downtown Area for your Staycation-

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As always, all reviews and opinions are my own. However, should you choose to book any of the above activities or hotels, please be aware that I may make a small commission.

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